Somewhere I can let out my inner crafter without being labeled as even more insane.

Yeah, life is just a little bit hectic here at the moment. Deadlines are still falling down around me, my computer seems to be playing up( I’m getting a new one for Christmas, so it’s not as bad as it could be…).

Very little cross stitch has been happening. Seriously, since about two weeks ago (when I finished the cross stitching on my granddad’s bookmark, no stitching has been happening (until earlier this evening, at any rate), and the only knitting I was doing was for a couple of hours on Sunday (and that’s in danger of vanishing if my workload increases any more).

But, I have finished stitching my granddad’s bookmark šŸ™‚

No, I don’t know how those brownish spots appeared. I do have a feeling that they might be dinner, though…

Now all I need to do (since the beginning of November…) is wash it and back it. Not entirely sure when that’s going to happen, maybe this Saturday? I don’t think that’s taken up by anything specific yet (other than maths, and that always needs doing…)

However, this evening I was really irritated by my maths. Some of it wasn’t working properly, and the rest of it was just plain wrong. I’m blaming the laptop, (well, a program I installed on it, and I get an error message whenever I try using it, so the idea isn’t that daft šŸ™‚ ) rather than my programming skills, because I’ve gone through the code with a fine toothed comb, and it seems fine. So ?I started looking through some blogs, and found this gorgeous sock pattern. It’s supposed to be knitted cuff-down, which is why I didn’t see it when I looked for more sock patterns (the only socks I’ve succeeded at were toe-up), but having looked at the pictures, I think I should be able to do them toe-up. šŸ™‚

I saw the post on Tanis Fibre Arts(the link is here), and I think they look awesome :). Not that I need any more sock ideas at the moment, since I have yarn for 4(?) pairs, and I’m half-way through another pair. It wasn’t second sock syndrome that stopped me either, it was my butterfly bag :). Still love that :). No-one’s commented on the skulls through :/.

So I started on some more cross stitch. Yeah, I know that’s crazy- see some socks I like the look of, have some yarn here that I could use really well for it, don’t start them. I thought I’d be good. After all, I still have Christmas stitching to do. But did I carry on with the elephant? Nope, that would be too good of me (it’s still waiting for me to cut off the knots I’ve got…). So I started another keyring, this time a ginger cat. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

Going really rather well, but it’s now too dark to see šŸ˜¦

I mentioned in my (very) brief post last Saturday that I’d bought a HAED. šŸ™‚ Yes, during the 50% sale I decided to buy one. I know, I’m very good. I even intend on finishing my first one before buying another….we’ll see how well that one goes šŸ˜›

I bought the Spirit Storykeep. I don’t know how to do that nifty thing of inserting pictures with links into here yet, so here’s a link šŸ™‚

I did finish off one of the handwarmers on…I think it was the Sunday before last, but it’s kindof gone missing (my room here is rather a tip), so unfortunately there’s no picture of this either. Maybe next week, if I get a move on with the other one…

On the subject of HAEDs by the way- the pattern calls for using 2 strands of floss over 1 stitch on 25 count material. This seems like it would be a bit thick to me- I use two strands for 14 count, and that gives sensible coverage. What do other people do? One strand or two??? What do people mean when they say things like 1 over 2?

I think I vaguely remember seeing a chart of how many strands to use for different counts of material. Am I making this up? I know there’s no hard and fast rule, you use whatever gives you the best coverage, I just want to know what other people do???

Thanks for all your help solving this conundrum. Until next time, happy crafting :). And I’m off to cast on some socks šŸ™‚

 

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